What is Mardi Gras without king cake? If you are in New Orleans during carnival season you know that there is no shortage of this sweet treat here. Additionally, did you know that king cakes can come in all different shapes, sizes, or variations? And because Mardi Gras is in March this year, there are many more days to indulge! We’ve put together a guide highlighting our favorite places to enjoy king cake and a printable bucket list to help you navigate through all of the options.
Traditional King Cakes:
- Gambino’s Bakery, Metairie
Did you know our tour comes with a complimentary slice of this king cake all year around?
- Haydel’s Bakery, Multiple Locations
- Manny Randazoo’s, Metairie
- Dong Phuong, Chef Menteur Highway
This bakery won a James Beard Award last year for their king cake.
- La Boulangerie, Uptown
- Willa Jean, Central Business District
- Shake Sugary, Bywater
- Hi-Do Bakery, Terrytown
Savory King Cakes:
- Cavan, Uptown
Take our word for it, their crawfish and goat cheese king cake is to die for (we are drooling thinking about it).
- Cake Café, Marigny
This restaurant and bakery not only has a traditional king cake, but they also feature a boudin king cake.
King Cake Drinks:
- PJ’s Coffee, Multiple Locations
Three words, king cake latter.
- Commanders Palace, Uptown
Besides being a quintessential New Orleans stop, you can also enjoy a Mardi Gras Side Car here.
- Bourbon House, French Quarter
Enjoy a twist on their milk punch, the King Cake Bevvy.
- Sucre, Multiple Locations
Yes they have a traditional king cake, but there are just so many more options to choose from. They also offer a milk shake, ice cream and a macaron!
- District Donuts, Multiple Locations
Donuts, do we need to say more?
- Haydel’s Bake Shop, Uptown
The ‘newest kid on the block’ not only serves Haydel’s traditional king cake, but also ooey gooey bars.
- Bakery Bar, Lower Garden District
Try their dough balls or a slice of their doberge cake. We know you can’t see us, but we giving them major heart eyes.
- DTB, Carrollton
You’ll be dreaming about this soufflé well after carnival is over.
- Piccola Gelateria, Uptown
This gelato not only takes us back to Italy, but also tastes just like a bite of king cake.
- The Vintage, Uptown
Beignet king cake, AKA heaven.
- Toast, Uptown
Try their king cake aebleskivers, which are pretty much pancake balls. The perfect breakfast treat.
- Shaya, Uptown
King cake in the form of babka. Sign us up.
- Meauxbar, French Quarter
They feature an actual traditional French king cake on their menu, known as ‘Gallette des Rois.’